Ruth Stage shows us the minutiae of the grand vista, a landscape of illumination, pattern, reflection and great distance.
Working in egg tempera she creates a fluidity that reveals dramatic skies, mountain ranges, turbulent shallows. Superimposed onto this is the 'story of the day' be it figures on the beach, the first moment of spring, the remnants of a crop on a frosty morning.
A limited pallette gives an impression of the subtlety of nature, a cluster of almost indistinguishable greys punctuated with the cadmium of a leaf, transparent in the evening glare.
From this complex formula the artist creates coherence,revealing harmony and balance without interruption .
Ruth Stage works in the ancient medium of egg tempera On hand prepared gesso board. The tempera is an emulsion of egg yolk and distilled water and is mixed with mulled raw pigment.
The gesso is made from glue size and chalk whiting all heated up on a stove (never boiled ) to the consistency of Yorkshire pudding mixture. Several layers are left to dry before being sanded and sealed with a final layer of glue size.
Ruth draws on a wide variety of brushes as she paints, often choosing wide and flat brushes for early applications, then working towards pointed more Japanese style for final for final flurries.
Her compositions are sourced in parks and coastal areas and captured with a sketch book and a camera.
1969 Born Hartlepool
1992 to 1995 Studied Royal Academy Schools, post graduate diploma in painting
1999 Became a member of the New English Art Club
1995 to Present Lives and works in South London
1995 Young Artist of the Year (Runner Up ), Hunting Art Prizes
1996 M&G Young Artist of the Year, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2000 and 2001 Villiers David Award (Runner Up)
2003 Villiers David Award
2006 Lynne Painter Stainers Prize (Runner Up)
2011 The Critic's Choice, The New English Art Clup Annual Open Exhibition
2013 Lynne Painter Stainer Prize
2014 David Messum Art Prize, The New English Art Clup Annual Open Exhibition
2013 and 2015 Campden Gallery (Solo Exhibition)
2012 Hilton Fine Art (Solo Exhibition)
2009, 20011 and 2014 Russell Gallery (Solo Exhibition)
2002 Light and the Landscape, John Davies Gallery (Solo Exhibition)
2001, 2003 and 2006 New Grafton Gallery (Solo Exhibition)
2000 Castlegate House Cockermouth
1993/96/01/03 and 2015 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition